Two KCSO deputies placed on administrative leave following June 12 deputy-involved shooting

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Posted at 9:14 AM, Jul 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-15 12:39:09-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Two Kern County Sheriff Deputies have been placed on routine administrative leave pending an investigation following a deputy-involved shooting in East Bakersfield on June 12.

According to KCSO, at about 10:25 a.m., deputies responded to the area of Water Street and Alta Vista Drive for reports of a man under the influence armed with a handgun and violating a restraining order. KCSO identified that man as 36-year-old Jacob Morales.

KCSO said Morales immediately fled on foot toward the apartment containing the original victims. As Morales fled toward the apartment, he was armed with what was believed to be a firearm in his hand when he was confronted by additional deputies.

When Morales failed to listen to deputies' orders to stop, two deputies fired their weapons, hitting Morales KCSO said. He was taken into custody and found to be in possession of a realistic replica firearm and a knife.

Morales was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Morales was then booked into the Kern County Jail for charges of threatening with the intent to terrorize, stalking resisting a peace officer and exhibiting a replica firearm.

The investigation is ongoing.